We currently have a number of vacancies;

  • Group Leader

CEPAMS Group Leader Positions

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (Beijing) and the CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences / Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (Shanghai), together with the John Innes Centre in the UK, have established a joint Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS).

We wish to recruit tenure-track Group Leaders to join this Centre, to be based either in Beijing or Shanghai.

Group Leaders will run internationally outstanding and innovative research programmes.

We are particularly interested in candidates in the areas of plant developmental genetics, crop improvement and plant and microbial natural products, but invite candidates from any field of plant and microbial sciences to apply.

How to apply

These positions will be affiliated with both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the John Innes Centre. Successful candidates will be employed by CAS and based in dedicated CAS laboratories in either Beijing or Shanghai.

A CV with covering letter is requested for the application, which should include a list of representative publications, plus the names and contact details of three academic referees.

In addition, provide statements of current and future research plans (no more than 3 A4 pages for each). Further information can be obtained from Xiaofeng Cao at (+86 10 64806631). Applications should be submitted to Lei QI by email to (+86 10 64806505).

There is no closing date at this stage.

This recruitment exercise and any subsequent appointment are exclusively regulated by the employment law of the People’s Republic of China.

Fellowship for International PhD Student

The group of Dr Evangelos Tatsis based at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Centre for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences (CEMPS) invites applications from young scientists to join the group as PhD students.

Group Description

The fundamental goal of the Tatsis group is to determine how plants make natural products.

Their major focus is to elucidate, understand and engineer the metabolic pathways which are responsible for the biosynthesis of natural products from Chinese medicinal plants.

To address these important goals, we have an approach based on genomic resources, using bioinformatics, molecular biology and enzymology techniques, with synthetic biology.

The Tatsis lab is part of the Centre of Excellence for Plant & Microbial Science (CEPAMS) a collaboration between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the John Innes Centre (JIC).


The Tatsis group are seeking for a young talented student with a strong background in Organic Chemistry, either organic synthesis or natural products chemistry, eligible to apply for The ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents.

Applicants with background in biochemistry and plant biology, are encouraged to apply.

They are looking for talented, enthusiastic, hard working young scientists who are highly motivated to boost their research career in the general area of plant natural products biosynthesis.

How to apply

Send your CV with a motivation letter to Dr Evangelos Tatsis

Deadline for applications is 8 January 2021.

Only the selected applicants for interview will be contacted. The interview will be held through video conference (Skype/Zoom).

The chosen applicant will apply for The ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents (deadline 31 March 2021) and is expected to start as PhD student in University of Chinese Academy of Sciences on September 2021.

The lab is based in Shanghai (China), the fellowship will be according to law of PR China and rules of CAS and host Institute.